Mike Markel's Web Design Tutorial
SECTION 2E: Timeliness
To be persuasive, your information must represent the current thinking on a topic. Ask yourself:
  1. Was the document created or updated recently? Look for a copyright date or "last updated" notation.
Retrieved on July 18, 2002, the information on the site below does not reflect the ambulance association's most recent activities. While the site indicates that it was last updated on June 11, 2001, the most recent Year End Report is from 1997.



  1. Does the document rely on recent data? Just as it is possible for you to use out-of-date information, it is also possible for other authors to use old data.
These references from an article on arthritis research published in 2002 demonstrate that the author used recent research in the article. In fact, 65 percent of the information cited in the article was published in the past two years.




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